A privileged position in shaping the future of care

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

For those of us working in the healthcare, there is a once in a generation opportunity to accelerate improvements in the care for some of the most vulnerable people in our community. 

With the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System currently underway, at Eastern Health, we are embracing the opportunity to help inform and shape the future of mental health and aged care services for generations to come by actively participating in the Royal Commissions and encouraging our staff, patients, residents and community to do the same.

The outcomes of the Royal Commissions have the potential to truly impact on the lives of everyday Australians. We feel it is a privilege to participate, and one which we take seriously, respectfully and honestly. We are committed to be fully cooperative and transparent in responding to requests of each of the Commissions and further demonstrate that through our systems, quality improvement activity and our people, how we put our patients and residents first.

With an ageing population and one in five of us likely to experience a mental illness in our lifetime, it is now more important than ever to determine how we can make positive change for the future.

We hope that through our collective voices, we will help shape the future of care and services for people with mental illness and those older members of our community.

Adj Prof David Plunkett, Chief Executive, Eastern Health